One of the worst things that could happen to any homeowner is a building slab leak. Worse than that, is a building slab leak that has a crimp in the water line. If a pipe wears out over time, because the water pipes are old, that’s a lot different than any repairs that need to be made, from poor building construction.
If you suspect that you have a water leak underneath your concrete building slab or foundation, you can do a simple water meter test. The first thing that you need to do is locate your meter and then make sure that all of the water is turned off to the rest of the property. In other words, make sure that there aren’t any toilets running, faucets dripping, washing machines being used, sprinklers watering your yards and that no one is taking a shower or bath. If there isn’t any water being used on the property, the water meter shouldn’t move at all. You can take a picture of the water meter with a digital camera or you can read the w meter and write the numbers down, along with the exact time. Come back and read the water mete again in 15 minutes. If the water meter numbers haven’t moved, come back and read it again in one hour. If the water m numbers haven’t moved at all, this is good news. This means that you don’t have a water leak. If the numbers on the water meter have moved, then you have a water leak somewhere.
If the water meter numbers didn’t move very much, you could contact a water leak detecting company, to get a second opinion. If the water meter numbers moved more than one number with in 15 minutes, contact a plumber as soon as possible.If the water meter numbers changed at all, there’s a good chance that you have a water leak somewhere or a problem with your water meter. Water leaks should be repaired as soon as possible, because they can cause structural foundation damage, wood framing damage and can even attract mold and mildew.